pondelok 16. apríla 2018


I bought and styled this tree last year and thanx to abundance of new buds I was able to repot it over the weekend and make a new penjing with fresh stones from a forest creek by the village of Smolnik where I drove on saturday just for them. (nearly 2 hours drive in total just to collect some stones from a creek - I´m nuts I think...)
Anyways, here are the results:

pondelok 9. apríla 2018


Junipers that were styled last year have got their first pots - actual present from my mum who cannot stand to see my trees in front of the house in ugly wooden crates - thanx mum!!! :)
After that I was able to bring all of my trees to their designated spots for the season. It makes me happy and I spent most of the weekend just roaming around the yard and looking at them :)

My wife and daughter Bea posing with freshly repotted Juniper and enjoying the sun

Freshly repotted wisteria - literati - last year´s airlayer that was separated in the middle of summer and planted with just a few roots in a pot supported with wires. It grew a lot of new roots till autumn and is now able to support itself without wires thanx to nice compact and strong rootball. I am glad I didn´t wait till autumn with separating it as it had much more space in a pot to grow new roots.

Another juniper after repot and on a new spot - exchanged for wisteria that has been moved to the other side of house. While repotting this one I was finally able to move it around easily once out of a very big and heavy wooden crate and I noticed at least 2 new possible styling options that wouldn´t be hard to perform and would most likely make a much nicer tree. So maybe next year I will play with it again.

utorok 3. apríla 2018


I have a confession to make.
I hate all of the christian holidays and the make believe bullshit ideas behind it.
I love not going to work thanks to them though.
But I think we should have bank holidays dedicated to great men who made something real and substantial for mankind.
And I don´t mean giving it HOPE.
I would love to celebrate Nietzsche´s day for example, dedicated to questioning mind and fighting bullshit, or Einstein´s day dedicated to pure genius. Elon´s day would be nice too and there are so many of great people who would deserve eternal celebration rather than celebrating religious nonsense.
So when my neighbours went to sit in church, I dressed in my work outfit and went to use the holiday the creative way.

I started with transplanting the "Mother with twins" onto a rock.

Naturally, I had to dress nicer for the photoshoot :D

I made a pic of recently transplanted blackthorn too.

A lot of small jobs have been done over the weekend, and the biggest one today before going back to work. I collected some 30 years old wisteria from my parent´s garden. It is mother of all my wisteria airlayers, it has been planted by my great grandmother and she had it from a cutting from a church garden - at least something nice came from that place after all those years of listening to crap from a priest´s mouth.
It had very few roots because the main root went deep down under the concrete fence, but from experience I know that they root strongly (like mad) so I am not worried.

nedeľa 1. apríla 2018


After a year and a half my urbandori juniper got it´s first pot designed and made by Ivet Mikešová of Atelier Cascada.

pondelok 19. marca 2018


It looks like it is gonna be a habit for me to take a week off from work in spring just for bonsai purposes. Last week was my 2nd holiday of this kind and half of it was used as intended, then the weather got worse. Much worse.
But I managed to do most of the work I planned, except collecting one old wisteria from parent´s garden.
It started there actually, I removed some 5 trees in various stages of development and planted them in my garden for a few more years.
But one birch that was planted there 3 years ago got it´s own slab and I improvised a quick landscape that will probably change a bit over time.
It was collected in my early bonsai days with the intention to copy Harry Harrington´s hawthorn raft, but it only grew one single branch, that became a new trunk over those 3 years.
I wanted to leave it in the garden but after ocassional pruning it started to look like there is some potential so I collected it and planted on a slab.

After collection

3 years later

on a slab

Another day I had my eyes on a very old lilac that grew in my grandparent´s (now mine) garden for over 50 years I guess.
It was planted just by the fence and the well so I couldn´t get to the roots on that side, so after over an hour and 2 t-shirts soaking wet it was time to call for help from my father and we pulled it out with his custom home made tractor.

back side

Day 3  - collecting in the old orchard that is full of hawthorns these days. I had one selected there and it was quite easy getting it out - compared to the old lilac.

And then the day came that I was looking forward to the most  since autumn, when my friend asked me if I wanted any of the trees from her garden that she is gonna get rid of to make a place for some tulips. I couldn´t believe that one of them was chinese cork bark elm - not a usual tree in slovakian garden. But her sister used to work in a supermarket and planted some of the mallsai they sell in the garden, and this one took off surprisingly well. I already collected one japanese maple from there last year, but this elm didn´t caught my eye. It was over 6 metres tall and looked like any other large tree in there. Anyway, my friend couldn´t wait till I go and collect it so she and her brother in law sew the upper part off in autumn already, therefore I don´t have any pic of the whole tree.
It didn´t have a tap root but rather very thick side roots and I needed to use a chainsaw to cut them.
Here are the pics after collection and after lowering the trunks next day.

after lowering the trunks

One more tree was to be collected in that garden, Cotinus coggygria was it´s name I was told.
I have only the pics after the collection, but ít was lowered as well the next day.

Wisteria was on schedule the next day, but it started to rain and 2 days later winter came back with full force.
Temperatures fell down to -15 at night and wind did quite a lot of damage in a nearby city.
But I believe my new acquisitions will be ok, they now reside under a piles of snow that protects them from freezing temperatures.
I cannot wait for this cold spell to be over and hopefully spring will finally come after this.